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Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris

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Devoted to the artists, writers, and composers of the Romantic period, Musée de la Vie romantique was the Paris base of Dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer (1795–1858). For decades, Scheffer and his daughter hosted Friday evening salons, attracting the likes of George Sand, Frederic Chopin, Eugène Delacroix, Franz Liszt, Gioacchino Rossini, and singer Pauline Viardot. Later in the century, Charles Dickens, Ivan Turgueniev, and Charles Gounod attended regularly. The museum displays numerous mementos of these luminaries, as well as Romantic-era paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art. Put Musée de la Vie romantique into our Paris trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Paris.
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  • House has two floor a dedicated George sand l writer, the other a ary scheffer more temporary exhibition on the power of flowers in the paint and wallpaper, the place is very nice under the trees a side of English roses, small restoration not more expensive than elsewhere, the framework and romantic the expo temporary intrersante but s address to the fans of floral epinture the george sand floor and living room very representative d an era bygone, the whole very pleasant without being a fall has backwards, but I regret not having seen
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  • This adorable hole-in-the-wall opens into a beautiful garden just south of what I consider Montmartre. The house is so lovely and charming. That said, I did not know what I was looking at I did not re...  more »
  • Very nice visit between the temporary and the permanent exhibition on the flower power. It lacks these flowers as the scent and the language! It's enchanting! Time highly appreciated with the beauty and harmony of the colors. And of course live Chopin and George Sand! On the other hand, the site is "clutter, fumbled"... Lack of maintenance... for a bit: an air... abandoned? The staff is not very friendly... the price is a bit excessive. A chance: a café terrace with beautiful bucolic garden and relax well appreciable.
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  • Some say it was free, but the ticket was 8 euro which was not bad. It is not a big museum but it has its charm. It was great to see how some went to great lengths to bring back beautiful flowers for others to create paintings, wall paper and fabrics. Tea shop has good lite food (salad, coffee, teas, yogurt, etc..) and seating in the garden. Entire viewing of the museum was under an hour.
  • Beautiful garden, charming house. Current new exhibits are mixed with the old ones in a most harmonious way! One of the best experience.
  • Achingly beautiful hidden tea garden. Simple menu, light salads, quiches, simple sweets including a raspberry tart the day I went. Coffees are also on the menu, along with a selection of Angelina teas. Rarely do you find a free museum in Paris, the tea garden is very reasonably priced as well. The museum is only 8 rooms...focusing mainly on personal, sentimental, items of George Sand. Lovely casting of Chopin's hand. My visit was right before the beginning of spring, 2017
  • 8 euroes to visit 3 museums that altogether totalled to less than a room in the louvre. granted the pictures of plants were beautiful but no english guide was given and everything was in french. For plant enthusiasts, you will like it but for tourists who come to have a look at romantic life, bear in mind its not the lovey dovey kind of romantic.
  • Romantic here refers to 19th century Romanticism, not romantic love. (hello!) It's a charming, unusual museum for Paris, given that Romanticism is much more associated with Germany than France. Fans of George Sand will find a lot to love. It's a perfect destination to plan for lunch when the weather is good. The courtyard could hardly be more appropriate to the theme with finches fluttering about the twisted tree trunks, and sneaking into the cafe to steal bits of croissant! All written guides are available in English and French, when the staff heard me speaking English, they rushed to give me some. I didn't check for other languages. The buildings themselves and decorations evoke the theme: heavy drapes, faux wood detailing and marble wallpaper, creaky spiral staircases... As an American, I find my associations with the 19th century are so deeply rooted in the Civil War (and the lead up to it and the Restoration period) that it's hard to see anything but misery in the whole aesthetic. But it made me think about how Art Nouveau was light by comparison and a welcome change.

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